Misty's Bright and Colorful Cottage!

House Tour

Name: Misty Adair, husband John, two young sons and dog, Lucy
Location: Allandale, Austin, TX
Size: 1375 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years

When we spotted some photos of Misty's home in a few of her previous posts here on Apartment Therapy, we knew we needed to get in there for a house tour! A visit to Misty's house in the Allandale neighborhood doesn't disappoint. Full of bright colors, fun designs and a clean, organized aesthetic, you'll get inspiration from all of Misty's neat decor ideas.

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Though Misty and her husband have recently placed this adorable home on the market (just moving to a different part of town, not because they don't love it!), the house is still an excellent example of not being afraid to try out bold colors or interesting layouts. At just over 1300 square feet, this three bedroom, one and half bath house feels huge! The place feels very open, and lots of windows let in tons of natural light (even on the gray day we shot these photos). Though many rooms feature their own color and decor schemes, the house has a cohesive design. We also admired many of Misty's simple organizational ideas, like an ultra-efficient entryway in a nook by the front door, and a kitchen command center on a wall of the kitchen. Rounding out the rest of the house's features is a huge backyard complete with a big playset, artist's studio and separate, fenced in dog area.

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AT Survey:

My style: I suppose it's vintage eclectic -- because our house is a 50's cottage with a random sampling of things collected. My personal style preference changes all the time but my budget doesn't quite keep up.

Inspiration: Whatever I am currently obsessed with . . . which could be an Echino fabric or a vintage china pattern or a spread in Domino (oh, how I miss Domino).

Favorite Element: I love my kitchen, especially the farmhouse sink, counter weight pendant lights and the built-in plate rack.

Biggest Challenge: Staying organized, which is a challenge for us anyway. With a busy family coming and going we seem to be always depositing things all over the house. And homes are just not as cute when they're messy.

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What Friends Say: They say it feels happy and inviting. People always rave about the Camus quote on the front door and the brick floor in our kitchen. We also hear that the house feels bigger than it really is because the space is so efficiently laid out.

Biggest Embarrassment: We bought a coffee table that is hinged so the tabletop lifts up to double as a TV tray. It is probably a pretty tacky thing to have but most of our friends are still jealous.

Proudest DIY: The stripes I painted in the boy's bedroom. Much less fun and satisfying was hanging sheet rock in my studio. We did it (miserably) and it almost ended our marriage.

Biggest Indulgence: Does the TV count? My husband counts that as furniture but I beg to differ. I would say our bedroom furniture was the biggest splurge, only because we bought it all at once. Honestly, we are just not at a fancy phase in our life.

Best advice: This comes from my 5 year old: "I'm not afraid of color because it doesn't move or scare you." Be brave and use color in your home...but always test paint colors first. There is very little in your home that you can't undo.

Dream source: Mercury Design Studio

Other Inspiration: Our lifestyle - we have a practical house that works with our budget and busy family. I am also constantly inspired by the creativity of others and random things in the world around me. I try to be observant because I can always be surprised.

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Resources:

Hardware: Original glass doorknobs, BMC for drawer pulls

Furniture: Antiques, Pottery Barn, Ikea, BluDot, West Elm, custom-made buffet

Beds: Pottery Barn and twin beds that were my Dad's when he was a kid.

Lighting: Pottery Barn, Target, vintage cowboy lamp from Ebay

Paint: Kitchen is Benjamin Moore Covington Blue, Dining Room is Sherwin Williams Ryegrass, Living Room is Sherwin Williams Cafe au Lait

Flooring: Original oak floors

Rugs and Carpets: Flor tiles, Pier One

Tiles and Stone: Almost all original, subway is Daltile, Quartz counters from La Viatera

Window Treatments: Plantation shutters, Pottery Barn, Ikea, The Shade Store

Accessories: Target, Ikea, antique stores

(Thanks, Misty, it was a pleasure!)

Photos by Adrienne Breaux

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.